Political Autonomy for
Beaufort (Dec 22, 2008): Sabah Progressive Party
(SAPP) called on the people to bring back Sabah its political
autonomy once enjoyed before. Sabah was once the
richest state in Malaysia.
Sapp president, Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee,
with some senior party leaders was on a Sapp roadmap campaign
stopover here in Beaufort. Yong said that ever
since political autonomy was taken away by the federal leaders, Sabah slowly
become the poorest state in Malaysia, which as a result of takeover of various
state powers, socio-economic imbalances and neglect.
Yong added that even the chief minister
of Sabah is picked
and approved by the Prime Minister and BN-Umno Kuala Lumpur instead
of the rakyat of Sabah. For one who wants to get posts and ministership,
would have to go
to Putrajaya to lobby for it. Thus, the ones who are good at
lobbying get the job. This is the BN-Umno style of good governance.
"Sabah has the highest unemployment rate
in Malaysia. As a result, most of our youths are forced to seek jobs
in other states and even overseas.
the party's political future, Yong said that Sapp will contest seats
which the party feels that it can win while supporting other parties
in areas where Sapp are not contesting to ensure their victory.
During the seminar, new members, Encik Edeh Abdul Rahman,
ex-Liaison Officer to Datuk Lajim Hj Ukin, Encik Anis Tuali, ex-Umno
member submitted their membership application forms to the
president, attended by 100 odd party members. The chairman for Sapp
South Zone is Datuk Rashid Hj Gador.